Having initially been introduced in the mid-credits scene of 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch finally made her presence truly felt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen, the character started the movie as an opponent of the titular heroic super-team, but she soon saw sense and joined them - and she will now be an Avenger in the live action franchise moving forward.
But the character from the comic books on which Olsen's version is based is somewhat different. She was initially introduced as a mutant for starters (although that's been bizarrely retconned to her being a mutate - a human who was experimented on to gain her powers). But what else is there to know about the character that most people won't be aware of?
That's what this article is all about. Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Scarlet Witch:
10 She Was Introduced As An X-Men Villain
Far from being the heroic member of teams like the Avengers that she is known for being today, when Wanda Maximoff AKA the Scarlet Witch made her first appearance in X-Men #4 in March of 1964, it was actually as an outright villain.
9 Her Dad Is Magneto
It's easy not to realise this when you only know the movie versions of Scarlet Witch and Magneto - they exist in two entirely different realities in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Fox's X-Men franchise, after all - but Scarlet Witch is quite famously the daughter of Magneto in the comic books.
8 She Was Raised By A Cow
Okay, so she wasn't exactly a cow, but she was a cow-like female. When Scarlet Witch's mother, Magda- the wife of the aforementioned Magneto - escaped from her villainous metal-controlling husband, she gave birth to her twins in the Wundagore Mountains. In those mountains, an army of people created by the powerful High Evolutionary had evolved from animals.
7 She Married An Android
In spite of the fact that the Marvel comic book version of the Vision is an android - just like the version you may know from the Marvel Cinematic Universe - he and the Scarlet Witch fell in love with each other and got married. The pair even had a limited series together.
6 She Magically Gave Birth To Twins
Although Vision is clearly an android and unable to provide Wanda with children, the powerful character drew on her magic-based powers and was (somehow, don't ask...) impregnated with the Vision's babies. As a result, she gave birth to two boys, Tommy and Billy.
5 She Tore The Avengers Apart
When the controversial writer Brian Michael Bendis took over the Avengers comic title, he had plans to destroy the team and build it back up again from scratch. In 2004 and 2005's Avengers Disassembled, he did that by wiping out loads of characters in various different ways at the same time.
4 She Effectively Wiped Out Mutants
After the events of the aforementioned Avengers Disassembled, Scarlet Witch was left an emotional mess and beyond help. The Avengers and X-Men gathered to discuss if she should be killed in order to prevent any more catastrophes from occurring as a result of her powers.
3 She Fought Alongside The Evil Dead's Ash
In the five-issue 2007 comic book crossover event that occurred between the Marvel Zombies and the Army of Darkness (aptly named Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness), Ash Williams - the legendary protagonist, played by Bruce Campbell, from the Evil Dead movie franchise - led a ragtag team of heroes to acquire the Necronomicon in order to fight against the zombie plague.
2 She Has Been A Part Of A Number Of Teams
Although Scarlet Witch is now classically associated with being a member of the Avengers - having first joined the superhero team way back in 1965 and been in and out of the team ever since - she has in fact been a member of numerous superhero (and supervillain) teams throughout her existence in Marvel's comic books.
1 The Ultimate Version Indulged In Incest
The standard (616) continuity of Marvel Comics isn't the only timeline in the world of Marvel - far from it, in fact, because there are literally hundreds. One of the more famous non-standard timelines is undoubtedly the Ultimate timeline.
The Ultimate line of characters were intended to be an updated and uncomplicated version of their mainstream counterparts. However, Ultimate Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were very complicated to say the least. Although it was never specifically stated, it's more than heavily implied that the twins are romantically involved with each other. That's right, it's pretty obvious that they indulged in incest. Happy reading!
Sources: Wikipedia, ComicVine, Marvel.com, Marvel Wikia, Ranker
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